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How can I open python file (from desktop) with IDLE, using Terminal on Ubuntu 12.04?

I have tried to do this way:

$ idle open python_file.py

Instead of open my file it's create two more files: open and python_file.py.

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It's just

idle python_file.py

If you want it to run in the background (returning control to the terminal so you can type other commands), add '&'

idle python_file.py &

If you want it to continue running even if you close the terminal you can 'disown' it

idle python_file.py & disown
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You do not need to use the 'open' term. The help says:

idle.py [-c command] [-d] [-e] [-s] [-t title] [arg] ...

-c command  run this command
-d          enable debugger
-e          edit mode; arguments are files to be edited
-s          run $IDLESTARTUP or $PYTHONSTARTUP first
-t title    set title of shell window

You can just do this:

idle file_you_want_to_open.py 
or 
idle.py file_you_want_to_open.py

If the file doesn't exist then it will be created.

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You can also directly open idle by typing :

 idle

in the terminal and then click on

 File >> New File or Open File

option to select or open your file , write your program and execute it . However I would recommend you to use the "terminal" and a "text editor" like

 Sublime Text

rather than using "idle" .

PS: You might already know about these text editors , however I mentioned it in case somebody else new views this article and maybe it comes in handy .

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First you have to install idle

sudo apt install idle

then just type

idle

and it should open

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Do this:

$ cd ~/Desktop
$ idle your_file.py
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  • 3
    This does not include the steps on how to open a specific file. I guess some step is missing here?
    – gertvdijk
    Aug 26 '13 at 12:18
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If you want to get your command prompt back after executing idle you could use:

nohup idle /some/path/to/file.py &

or if the file is in your current directory:

$ ls
file.py
$ nohup idle file.py &

Of course the last one will work if you are in the current directory, if the file do not exist IDLE will create one.

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To install and use latest idle,

Go to synaptic package manager and install idle-python3.2

Then go to terminal and just type

idle-python3.2

This will open idle-python3.2.

Installation location => idle-python3.2 in SPM->(select)->idle-python3.2->(right-click)->properties->Installed Files.

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  • That tells us how to install Idle; it doesn't answer the OP's question, which was how to open a file once Idle is installed.
    – John N
    Jan 18 '17 at 14:54

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